The most powerful helicopter ever fielded by the U.S. was just delivered to the Marine Corps.
The CH-53K King Stallion aircraft touched down at Marine Corps Air Station completely new River in Jacksonville, North Carolina on Wednesday.
The helicopter, which has been in development since 2006, will replace the Marine Corps’ nearly 40-year-old CH-53E Super Stallion fleet.
Wednesday’s delivery can be the first of an expected 0 aircraft by Sikorsky, a unit of Lockheed Martin. The CH-53K can be not only considered the most powerful however also one of the most expensive with an initial estimated unit cost of approximately $122 million.
The completely new heavy-lift chopper can carry triple the weight of its predecessor at a colossal 27,000 pounds. With in which type of lift capacity, the CH-53K can transport up to four Humvees more than 100 miles.